Reverse skiing up a mountain is only possible during full moons on the summer equinox, which is why Rube Goldberg invented ski lifts. Partake in his creation with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a lift ticket and $10 worth of drinks and casual fare at Alpine Meadows (up to a $60 value) in Tahoe City. This Groupon is valid only during Fourth of July weekend (Saturday–Monday) and expires on July 5, 2011.
Located at Lake Tahoe, just 6 miles northwest of Tahoe City and about 200 miles east of San Francisco, the slopes of the 2,400-acre Alpine Meadows boast stunning views, well-groomed courses, and 13 lifts carrying skiers to their powdery destinations. Thanks to friendly confetti dispersal from unspeakable partier Old Man Winter, the mountain has collected more than 71 feet of snow this season. On Fourth of July weekend, Alpine opens its slopes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, with runs designated for beginners, intermediates, experts, and sentient skis determined to go it alone. Maximize snow time by renting a ski or snowboard (not included in this Groupon), available all weekend long.
From noon to 4 p.m. each day, Alpine metamorphosizes from a thrill-inducing downhill joy glide into a limbo-inducing party haven. Flames from the lodge melt frozen cheek-cicles as tongues salivate to the aroma of belly fodder including veggie burgers ($8.25), hot dogs ($5), and pulled pork ($9). Ring in the nation’s birthday with live music and games, or spend the afternoon carefully molding an Uncle Sam snowman with bald-eagle wings.